NIE TIE MAD

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If you’re not from Spain, but are living or planning on moving here, then you will most likely need to have at least one of the following documents. There are different documents required to live, study and work legally whilst in Spain. Here we will outline all you need to know about the NIE/TIE, Empadronamiento, and Social Security Number.

To make it easier to understand the processes, we will explain what each document consists of, and if it is necessary for you:

NIE/TIE: The NIE is a number of identification assigned to any non-Spaniard who lives in Spain. It is necessary to carry out any procedures with administration services, to contract products and services, and ultimately to provide your identity number. The TIE is the identity card for those who are citizens of non-EU member countries. In addition to the printed NIE, the photo of the card carrier will appear on the TIE card.

Empadronamiento: This is a necessary requirement to be able to access public services such as health services or education. It is essentially an official document of where you live. This will make you a citizen of the city in which you reside, and will be needed to apply for any other paperwork like the NIE/TIE and Social Security.

Social Security Number: This is required to work legally in Spain.

Depending on the following criteria, you may need one or more of these documents;

  • Length of stay in Spain.
  • From an EU-member country or not.
  • Carrying out operations with tax repercussions.
  • If you will work or not in Spain.

What Documents do you Need in Your Case?

  1. I am a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain for LESS than 3 months, and I will NOT work. What documents do I need?
  • Empadronamiento: This is required to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • NIE: You will need this only for economic reasons. For example, if you; Open a bank account**, sign a phone contract, or fill out any administrative paperwork.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and NIE.

  1. I AM a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain for LESS than 3 months, and I WILL work. What documents do I need?
  • Empadronamiento: This is required to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • NIE: You will need this for economic reasons, such as; Opening a bank account**, signing a phone contract, or filling out any administrative paperwor, but also to obtain a Social Security Number.
  • Social Security Number: This is mandatory to work legally in Spain. To obtain your Social Security Number, you must have an NIE first.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, NIE and the Social Security Number.

  1. I AM a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain for MORE than 3 months, and I WILL work. What documents do I need?
  • NIE: This is mandatory as it permits you to reside legally in Spain.
  • Empadronamiento: This is mandatory to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • Social Security Number: This is mandatory to work legally in Spain. To obtain your Social Security Number, you must have an NIE first.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, NIE and the Social Security Number.

  1. I AM a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain for MORE than 3 months and I will NOT work. What documents do I need?
  • NIE: This is mandatory as it permits you to reside legally in Spain.
  • Empadronamiento: This is mandatory to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and NIE.

  1. I am NOT a citizen of the European Union nor equivalent* and I will NOT work during my stay. What documents do I need?
  • TIE: This is mandatory if your stay in Spain is longer than six months.
  • Empadronamiento: This is mandatory to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and NIE.

  1. I am NOT a citizen of the European Union nor equivalent* and I WILL work during my stay. What documents do I need?
  • TIE: This is mandatory as it permits you to reside legally in Spain. However, if you will stay in Spain for 6 months or less, your foreigner identity number will be printed in your Passport with your visa and you won’t have to apply for the physical card.
  • Empadronamiento: This is mandatory to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • Social Security Number: This is mandatory in order to work legally in Spain***.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, a TIE and the Social Security Number.

* EU citizens and equivalent Refers to: Citizens of the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland , Hungary , Ireland , Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden), the European Economic Area (Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway) and Switzerland.

** In the case that you want to open a bank account and do not have an NIE, we will help you to open an account thanks to our collaboration with Banco Sabadell.

***If you arrive in Spain on a Student Visa, you technically do not have rights to work and hold a job unless you specifically apply for a document which gives you permission to work on a student visa.

– Your Citylife Team

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13 comments. Leave new

Markus Winter
08/08/2014 00:35

Thanks for all this useful information! I didn’t find it on the web and here I got it in a simple and structured way:-)

Leah Warner
08/08/2014 08:01

That’s great to here Markus! I am so glad we were able to help 🙂

You really make it seem really easy together with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I believe I might never understand. It seems too complex and very extensive for me. I am taking a look forward on your subsequent put up, I will try to get the cling of it!

Leah Warner
20/09/2014 18:40

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how to check the status of Empadronamiento? i will be glad if u can help me out

Hi Sohel!

The Empadronamiento is a document which you get on the same day of your appointment. They do everything with you right there and then hand you the paper :). If you move, you should apply for a new one under the new address and if you haven’t moved in 2 years you should renew the Empadronamiento :).

Hope this helped!

Hello! I have a few questions. I’m not from the European Union, so what will happen if I apply than 30 days? Also, is it important in which immigration department I make an appointment or it can be any??

Hey Marina!
I’m assuming you’re talking about applying for the NIE? I can’t speak in absolutes, but it seems that as long as you at least have the appointment within or around the first 30 days you will be fine. You will need to make the appoint online, and they will provide you with a list of locations where you can have the appointment!

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